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Our technology is disabled, not me.

Posted by rachelhandler76 on August 14, 2015 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (1)

Our technology is disabled, not me.


 

I went to college for musical theatre and voice performance. I graduated and worked at regional theaters and did a few Off-Off Broadway productions. And then I lost my leg when I was driving to an audition.


 

I’m an actor/singer/dancer/musician/comedian. And I happen to wear a prosthetic leg. Does that make me a disabled actor?...

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The Question Amputees Dread

Posted by rachelhandler76 on July 19, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (1)

As someone who has had to use crutches for almost a year of her life, and will now have to use a prosthetic leg for the rest of her life, I think I can safely say that there is one phrase we crutch-using folks or prosthetic leg wearers really despise. That phrase is a simple, two word question that will make us want to punch you in the face. “What happened?”


 

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Revision Surgery

Posted by rachelhandler76 on March 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (1)

I decided to try a VLOG instead of a BLOG. I'm not sure how I feel about VLOGS. I think they come off as a little cocky sometimes. But I wanted to try it because I thought it may reach more people than most of my other blog posts. I think a common misconception about amputees is that once we've healed from the initial surgery, we can walk with a prosthetic leg and be done with the struggle. This could not be farther from the truth and I hope society can watch my video and un...

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These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

Posted by rachelhandler76 on November 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (3)

I’m finally buying NICE shoes. Not DSW or Famous Footwear, or…Payless. I’m treating my feet with the respect they deserve and it’s starting to feel (and look) amazing. When I got my prosthetic leg I thought I was confined to a life of sneakers and yoga pants. Lately I’ve been venturing away from the sneakers, though they are undoubtedly the most comfortable of all my shoes. A girl’s just gotta change it up!


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Appreciation

Posted by rachelhandler76 on May 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (1)

As I lay in bed, the scent of fresh flowers wafts through the air. I am relaxed and at peace. These beautiful flowers in my room were given in celebration of the premiere of my one woman show, “Inspiration Whore.” But that scent sparks a vivid memory of my hospital room last March. I remember the nurses saying, “We love coming to your room because it smells like a garden!” At the time I didn’t even think about the smell, I just liked looking...

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Restart

Posted by rachelhandler76 on March 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On March 3, 2012 I was hit by a car and lost my left leg below the knee. On March 2, 2013 I started travelling to NYC, land of public transportation and walking. The past year has been a roller coaster. There were weeks, actually months, when I didn’t think this time would come. But now that I’m auditioning again, it feels like I never stopped.


My dad whisp...

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Collision

Posted by rachelhandler76 on January 23, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (1)

I cried yesterday. Those tears had nothing and everything to do with my leg.

     

Yesterday a 12 year old girl was killed standing in the median of an interstate after the car she was in was involved in an accident. This story sounds a...

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F-E-A-R

Posted by rachelhandler76 on November 6, 2012 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Fear


It’s a scary word. In past blog posts I’ve written about my own fears, but now it’s time to talk about yours.

Well ok, I’m generalizing. I’ll call the following a societal fear.


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Next To Normal?

Posted by rachelhandler76 on September 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Before March 3, 2012 I lead a pretty typical life, some might say, “normal.” It was great, fun and just a little crazy! In an instant my life changed forever. I will never feel “normal” again, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.


When my leg was amputated I not only changed physically, but also emotionall...

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True to Who You Are

Posted by rachelhandler76 on August 23, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In my last blog post I wrote about overcoming fear. Lately I've been realizing that fear is no longer an issue in my life! However, feeling uncomfortable has become a daily occurrence. I've experienced a traumatic event and endured so much discomfort, so now, to put myself in an uncomfortable situation on purpose seems ridiculous! Yet, I must, because my version of an uncomfortable situation is different from most...driving is uncomfortable, but I do it. Goin...

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